In Canada we are blessed with four wonderful seasons that inspire our fashion choices year after year. In the spring and summer we tend to dress in airy fabrics like cotton and linen, and our colour choices are often bright and light. In the winter we cozy up in wool, fur, and down, opting for darker, jewel tones.
The cycle of home décor trends works in very much the same way. Pay attention to the displays in your favourite decor retailer, and you’ll notice how the weight and colour of home fabrics changes with the season – lighter in the summer; darker in the winter.
This is not to recommend that you change your decor as often as every season, but perhaps a little sooner than your next overhaul, 5-10 years down the line.
The easiest way to refresh your decor is through colour. Though accent walls have a mixed reputation among design experts, it’s all in how you approach it. Using moulding to create panels on a plain expanse of wall in a dining-, living- or bedroom, is a fun way to kill two birds with one stone: create a focal point while allowing for a low-commitment area to experiment with colour. Painting the moulding or the wall within it is much more manageable than painting an entire wall. And look at all your options!
Choose a wall that would intuitively make sense as a feature wall and using painter’s tape, determine the size and frequency of your framed panels. If the wall is fairly large, the traditional approach is to space your panels four to eight inches apart. The panels should start four to eight inches above your baseboard or chair rail, if you have one, and stop equidistant from the ceiling, crown mouldings or bulkhead. For a good width ratio, 1/4 to 2/3 of the panel’s height usually works well.
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If you’re feeling a bit more daring with respect to colour but not so much with respect to panel size, try painting just the molding. You can go brighter with the colour if you’re painting just the frame, but bright colours will draw the eye, so you might want to use a more elaborate moulding or create a more intricate panel shape to justify attracting such attention.
Whatever you decide remember to choose a moulding that complements your baseboards and existing trim, thought it doesn’t have to match exactly.
Simple Picture Frame Panels
You will need: painter’s tape, wall moulding, wood glue, finishing nails, finishing cocking or dap, pencil, ruler, measuring tape, level, primer and paint.
1. Choose a wall and decide on the size and pattern of your panels
2. If you are handy, great. If not, enlist a handyperson to apply your moulding to the wall:
– Cut your moulding pieces to size with a mitered end point (cut on a 45-degree angle)
– The bottom piece should be glued first. Decide where to glue your first piece by drawing a faint line the desired height above the baseboard or chair rail and use a level to insure the line is straight
– Place some glue on the mitered corner of bottom piece and on the back of your next piece, which will be a vertical piece, and affix it to the wall, taking care the corners meet as accurately as possible
– Repeat until panel is complete
– Wipe away excess glue
– Nail to the wall with finishing nails
– Use cocking or dap to fill in nail holes, gaps between wall and moulding and gaps in the corner joints
3. Prime moulding and the interior of the frame
4. Paint out the moulding in your desired trim colour, the same colour as the wall itself or to match your existing trim, and allow 24 hrs to dry.
5. Use painter’s tape to isolate the moulding or the interior of panel
6. Paint on your accent colour as you desire, or if you’re feeling more adventurous, try wallpapering the panels instead!